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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689715706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689715709
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this affecting sequel to Journey to America , 13-year-old Lisa experiences the tribulations of growing up in 1940sstet New York City as a Jewish refugee. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9-- This sequel to Levitin's Journey to America (Aladdin, 1986) , takes up exactly where the earlier book ended--in 1940, with the family reunited in New York City. In a first-person narration, Lisa, the middle daughter, tells the story of their "silver days" from 1940 to 1943, conveying the strength and spirit that enabled the family to not only survive being uprooted from their comfortable home in Germany, but also to make a new life for themselves. Much of the humor in the book comes from Lisa's father, a hard-working, energetic, and optimistic man. The girls' mother is a strong-willed woman who is almost undone by the death of her mother, who chose to stay in Germany. Lisa is also strongly influenced by her beautiful and intelligent older sister and a lively, sensitive younger sister. A move to California leads to more disruption but ultimately results in more economic security and a chance for Lisa to study dance seriously again. Because of the episodic nature of the story, readers get to know these people well, experiencing their highs and lows, and in the end can only wish them well. Although this book is a sequel, it can be read independently without any difficulty. --Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

My life is mainly devoted to friends and family, my writing and my home. I enjoy hiking in the mountains, especially with my dogs. You can see their pics on my web page, and also pics of my family andfriends. I like to traveling to interesting places. I've been to Europe, parts of Asia, Hawaii, and many beautiful places in the U.S. My most exciting new project is working with a great team on creating a musical based on my novel The Return. We plan the premier in fall, 2006, and now we're casting and soon going into rehearsal.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book in my local library, and I have enjoyed reading it over and over again. The Platt family is like many, going through tough times and trying to get over them. I found myself relating to Lisa many times during the story. I finished the whole book in two days. I just couldn't put it down. This is a must have for all young readers and should be in everyone's home library collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Grieco on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
After the horrors of Nazi Germany, it seems a dream come true! The Platt family is together again, in America! But the dream is quickly overshadowed by the family's extreme poverty. Being a Jewish refugee during World War II is not easy, even in America. With strong german accents and barely enough money for food, every day is a strugle. ***Sequel to Journey to America***
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think Silver Days by Sonia Levitin was a great book. It deserves five stars. I think it really shows how hard it was for Jewish people to get a decent living when they fled from Nazi Germany. This great novel is a sequel to Journey to America. This story starts out where Journey to America left off. Lisa Platt and her family were awaiting tickets for a boat to America from their father, who already was in America. They had to wait one year in Switzerland for the tickets. They reached America just as World War II was beginning in Europe. When they saw their apartment, all they had for furniture were orange crates and beds. During this period, they endure racial discrimination. They feel that in order to get away from this is to move to California. When they get a house there, their treatment is about the same, but they believe it is much better than New York. At school, Lisa gets back to dancing after five years, but her teacher, who people call "The Nazi", does not allow her to take the classes until she practices. After her teacher accepts her into her class, she becomes one of the best dancers in the school. Along the way, she and her older sister Ruth fall in love. When they receive a letter from their old maid, they find out that what they have been missing is faith. In the end they go back to their roots, beliefs, rituals and everything they did in Germany, even though they wanted to be as American as possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Silver Days",is one of the best books I've ever read.I enjoyed, "Journey To America", which is the sequel to,"Silver Days", but I liked "Silver Days", better. Believe it or not, I read "Silver Days" first because I couldn't find "JTA" at the time and I liked it just as much as if I had read the first book. That is good, because often if you read the sequel to a book first you don't understand it very well. But "Silver Days" wasn't like that at all. It was very well written and could become a book all by it's self.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Silver Days, by Sonia Levitin is a story about a family that comes from Germany to the United States. Their Family moves to the United States because there is a war going on in Germany and they run from the Nazis. Everyone tries to adjust to the United States. The family tries to adjust to the United Sates. The family suffers with little money. However when the family starts helping everything gets better.
The novel is set in the United States. The theme of the novel would be if you stick together you could go though anything. The characters Ruth and Lisa adjust the most in good in bad ways. Lisa starts doing the things she likes and what she did in Germany. Everyone was very proud of her. Ruth fits in great and everyone likes her. She has a problem and doesn't know how to solve it. My favorite part in the book is when everyone starts getting better. The ending of the book was satisfying...
The author's style was very good. It was like you couldn't put the book down. I think that the author gives to many details. The vocabulary was very easy I either knew or I had already learned it in school. The part of the book I really dislike is when something really bad happens everyone gets under a lot of stress. I would recommend this book from ages 9-15 to read this book. People who like to read books about when we had wars and would like to learn what it would be like being in the middle of the war and people being prejudice would like to read this book. ...[Five stars.]
HLW
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
The story I have chosen to write a review on is called Siler Days
by Sonia Levitin. It is a historical fiction book about a Jewish girl's life during the Holacost. Lisa Platt has moved to New York
from Germany to be safe from Adolf Hitler. Lisa lives with her mother and father and her two sisters Ruth and Annie. Lisa's family has very little money for food and a nice place to place to live. They struggle everyday to keep up with their very little money and their lives. The Platt's and Lisa never give up though. They have courage, hope and bravery. They're living through hard times but they hope to manage. This was a wonderful book and I hope others will read it. Sonia Levitin is a great writer so I suggest you read the other books she's written. If you decide to read Silver Days, have fun!
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